SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - As 2020 draws to a close it has been a historic year in so many different ways, and the weather this year has been no different. In particular the hurricane season has been historic in the Atlantic Basin in 2020. With that in mind I want to recap what we saw across the ArkLaTex during the wild weather year that was 2020.
Starting with our temperatures we saw above average temperatures for most of the year in Shreveport and the ArkLaTex in general. In Shreveport, 2020 will go down as the 12th warmest year on record, with 1939 being the warmest year in the history of the city. On a month by month basis all but two months, May and October, were either at or above average. The month of March was particularly warm for Shreveport, where we averaged nearly seven degrees above average for the entire month, making it the warmest March since 2012.
In terms of rain and precipitation for Shreveport it was a wet year in 2020 even with the dry spell towards the end of year. After the daily record for December 31st of 3.75 inches, we ended up with 61.54 inches of precipitation for the year. That makes 2020 the 11th wettest year in the city’s history with the top spot going to 1991 when we saw nearly 82 inches of rain. We average over 51 inches of precipitation per year meaning that we finished the year more than 10 inches above average.
This was also a very notable year when it came to severe weather for the ArkLaTex. In is department 2020 started off early with a major outbreak January 10th. April of this year was the most active in terms of tornadic activity with the most significant outbreak being on April 12th with nine confirmed tornadoes in the viewing area. We saw several more tornadoes during the month of May during an outbreak on the 16th that saw brought ten total tornadoes to the ArkLaTex. In total we saw 30 confirmed tornadoes this year throughout the viewing area.
Putting all the other notable weather aside, the most historic part of 2020 weather wise was the hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin. We saw a total of 30 named storms this year, a record. We saw a total of 13 hurricanes, the second most on record. Six of these hurricanes were Major Hurricanes, also the second most ever. Louisiana was also the epicenter of this historic year as well with five storms making landfall. That has never happened in any other state in any year. Of course everyone will remember the devastation that was brought by Hurricane Laura, the strongest storm to make landfall in the state since 1856. The storm ended causing roughly 10 billion dollars in damage.
So as we turn the page to 2021 hopefully we will not see nearly the intense activity we saw in the tropics and in the severe weather department. But your First Alert Weather Team will be on top of whatever Mother Nature has in store for the ArkLaTex: